On the brain: What's for lunch?
With Hood to Coast now fading into a memory, we are looking forward to the start of school next year. We're trying to enjoy these last moments of summer vacation. No summer camps this week, only organizing school supplies and cooler weather clothing. We're trying on backpacks and making sure our lunch totes fit into the backpacks. And, we are talking about lunches.
As I was reading about Portland Public School's new nutrition plan, I needed to organize my thoughts and cupboards around the lunches that await us. I asked my first-grader to make a list of her favorite lunch items (we pack lunch almost every day), and I reminded her that she needed to have a protein, a fruit, and a veggie with every meal. I typically stay away from packing snacks or granola bars, fearing that those would be the only items eaten when it came to lunch. I am checking out the archives for suggestions on what's for lunch, here and here, but why not restart the conversation anew? Come next week, what are you packing in the kids' lunchboxes?
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